(1) It is the intent of the general assembly to assist in the provision of appropriate and necessary short-term services to help stabilize families that are at risk of having their children placed in out-of-home placement when those families voluntarily request such services. It is further the intent of the general assembly that county departments provide for family stabilization services through contracts with private or nonprofit organizations or entities whenever possible.
(2) Repealed by Laws 2004, Ch. 353, § 3, eff. July 1, 2006.
(3) County departments shall use any moneys allocated pursuant to this section to provide for family stabilization services, defined by rule of the state board of human services, that may include but not be limited to:
(a) Less than twenty-four-hour respite care for parents and children;
(b) In-home services that may include kinship care and counseling; or
(c) Services that assist the family to reintegrate following a separation or out-of-home placement.
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